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Church services were held outdoors and Eyam villagers stayed in family groups to avoid sharing infection

In 1665, the people in the remote Derbyshire village of Eyam realised that their village had become infected with the bubonic plague.

Fleas infected with the disease had been brought to the village in a bundle of damp cloth from London. The tailor who unpacked the cloth and hung it to dry in front of a fire was the first person in the village to catch the deadly plague.  He died in agony a few days later in September 1665.

By Christmas a further 42 people died in the village. By 1666 many were preparing to leave the village to save themselves.

Intervention

However, the vicar of Eyam, the Rev. William Mompesson, intervened. He could see the disaster that would be caused if the infectious disease was carried by escaping villagers to the nearby…

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About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher by profession, now working as an educational researcher, in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011. My work looks to make education effective for the whole child and keeps a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, amateur printmaker, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for children. The views on this blog are all my own.

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